|“||Our enemies are hunters. They chase us to every corner of the Earth. We didn't want to live like that... so my wife and I decided to live with mortals. (...) All we ever wanted was a quiet life.||”|
Gayle was later killed by John Winchester after he couldn't take back control of his body.
At some point in time, Gayle and his wife Miranda took a vow to never to harm mortals again and from that point on they only drank the blood of animals.
12 years before the events of the episode Savage Blood, Gayle, his wife Miranda, and their infant son Ryan are viciously hunted by the vampire hunter Jason. Gayle and Ryan manage to escape, but the hunter tortures and kills his wife, leaving him and his son with only each other.
In the episode Savage Blood, Sam and Dean take notice of the cattle killings caused by Gayle and decide to investigate the case. Jason, the hunter who killed his wife, is also working the same case as well. Dean comes into contact with Gayle's son and starts training him how to fight, which Gayle finds out sometime later. Dean later catches Gayle feeding off a cow. Dean calls Sam and tells his brother that Gayle is a vampire. Gayle then notices Dean and knocks him out.
When Dean wakes up, he discovers that Gayle has tied him up and taken him to the hayloft of his barn. Gayle furiously questions if Dean is teaching Ryan to hunt him down, and starts to push Dean off the ledge onto the razor-sharp farming implements mounted below. Dean frantically explains that he knows what it's like to hate his father and lose his mother, and tells him that only a fool strikes back in anger, something that Gayle has often told Ryan. Gayle pulls Dean back and explains that he manages to live among humans by only feeding on animal blood. He and his wife moved from town to town to avoid detection but twelve years ago, Jason hunted them down. He tortured killed Miranda while Gayle escaped with Ryan. Gayle explains that Ryan is unaware that he's a vampire and that he planned to tell him once he was sure the boy could restrain his anger. However, he admits that once the headaches begin, there's no way to stop the awakening. Shocked, Dean realizes that he may have helped awaken Ryan.
Gayle asks Dean to let him and his son go, assuring him that he would never put Ryan in danger by attacking humans and risking exposure. Suddenly, Jason emerges and shoots Gayle repeatedly with silver bullets, crippling him. The hunter frees Dean and says that he's fine with killing another vampire, but Dean tries to explain that Gayle doesn't feed on humans. Jason doesn't care and prepares to torture and then decapitate Gayle with a blade soaked in the blood of the dead. Gayle sees the hunter wearing Miranda's necklace and realizes that he is the hunter who killed his wife. The vampire hunter and the vampire struggle, and Dean snatches up a pitchfork and tells Jason to surrender. Jason kicks Dean down, knocks Gayle away, and prepares to shoot both of them.
Sam arrives just in time and shoots Jason nonfatally twice. Gayle attempts to feed on Jason but Ryan comes in, now a full vampire, and begs his father to stop. He reminds Gayle that his father once said that only an idiot attacks out of anger and that Miranda wouldn't want him to become a killer. When Gayle hesitates, Ryan says that he's protecting him from his anger just like Gayle has protected him. Gayle backs away and leaves Jason alive.
Sam and Dean part and Gayle and Ryan move to a new town to continue their quiet life.
Pact With Azazel
Sometime during he and his son's quite life, a hunter found Ryan, savagely beat him and cut his throat, and left him to die. All hope seemed to be lost, until Azazel came to Gayle, offering him a deal: Azazel would heal his son of his wounds if would allow himself to be possessed by a demon. Gayle Agreed.
In Reunion, the demon possessing Gayle successfully finds the Colt after killing eight hunters including Daniel Elkins, which Sam, Dean, and John Winchester are also after. Ryan is also taken along by the demon and kept safe, as those were the terms of Gayle's deal. Later, the three Winchester confront the possessed vampire, but the demon has complete control of Gayle and John Winchester is forced to kill Gayle in self-defense, leaving Ryan without a mother or father.
Gayle is a unique vampire, not wanting to embrace his monstrous nature and preferring to be human. While he does not drink the blood of humans anymore, he will kill humans in self-defense. Gayle is an understanding man and can be reasoned with and will only respond with violence in defense.
Powers and Abilities
- Immunity - Being a vampire, Gayle can withstand immense physical damage without dying, as he was shot multiple times, and still put up a fight against his attacker.
- Super Strength - Gayle managed to break a cow's neck with his bare hands.
- Enhanced Immunity - When possessed by a demon, Gayle became immune to Dead Man's Blood.
- Silver Bullets - Several silver bullets managed to cripple Gayle.
- Dead Man's Blood - Dead man's blood could do ample harm to a vampire, as stated by Jason.
- Possession - A demon managed to possess Gayle after he made a pact with Azazel.
- Silver Knife - John managed to killed him with a silver knife.
- Gayle is the known first monster in all of supernatural to be possessed by a demon.